20th Annual Building Bridges Conference: Pursuing the Passion: How to Build Your Dream

This year's conference will be held April 7 at the Muenster University Center Ballroom on USD's campus. This annual event is a collaborative conference sponsored by the clinical psychology program and admissions.

Conference Agenda

High School and College students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend. There is no charge to attend this conference and meals are provided.

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Keynote Speakers

Mic Jordan

Tanaya Winder is a poet, writer, artist and educator who was raised on the Southern Ute reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. An enrolled member of the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, her background includes Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Navajo and Black Heritages. Winder writes and teaches about different expressions of love (self-love, intimate love, social love, community love and universal love) and has a B.A. in English from Stanford University and a M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of New Mexico.

Tanaya also serves as the Director of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Upward Bound Program, which services 103 Native American youth from 8 states, 22 high schools, and 8 reservations across the country. She is the editor-in-chief of As/Us: A Space for Women of the World. Finally, Tanaya is the creator and CEO of Dream Warriors Management, an Indigenous artist collective.

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Tall PaulTall Paul is an Anishinaabe and Oneida Hip-Hop artist enrolled on the Leech Lake reservation in Minnesota. Born and raised in Minneapolis, his music strongly reflects his inner-city upbringing. From personal expressions of self, to thought provoking commentary on issues affecting Indigenous and diverse communities as a whole, Tall Paul’s music evokes a wide variety of substance and soul.

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"Realizing the Dream Weekend"

The Building Bridges Conference is part of a number of activities occurring over the weekend of April 7-9.  You may also be interested in the following events:″

  • 7th Annual USD Admissions "Native Visit Weekend" for Native American High School Students.  Housing and meals are provided for high school students and their chaperones.  Space is limited so if you are interested this opportunity, email Recruitment Coordinator, Courtney.Roberts@usd.edu or call 605-658-6214.
  • 7th Annual Native American Alumni Dinner, Friday, April 7.  Meet and greet at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6 p.m.  Keynote speaker:  Nick Estes.  Free for alumni and current students. $5 for non-alumni.
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  • 45th Annual Wacipi, sponsored by Tiospaye Student Council (USD Native American Student Organization), Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9.  For more information about the Wacipi email Tiospaye@usd.edu.